Nov. 1, 1923 - Sept. 12 2018
Michael Sanchez Lopez, a resident of Brentwood, passed away in his home at the age of 94, on Sept. 12, 2018.
Michael was born in Pittsburg to Pedro and Isabel Lopez, on Nov. 1, 1923. He graduated from Pittsburg High School in January 1943 and enlisted in the Army. He served in Germany and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in January 1946. He was very proud to serve his country and often shared stories about his experiences.
After returning home, he worked for his uncle, repairing cars. In 1951, he opened his own business, Pittsburg Body Shop. He closed the business and retired in 1987.
In 1986, he moved to Brentwood with his wife, Lola. They were married for 65 years before she passed away in March 2015. He is survived by his two daughters, Gloria (Kevin) King and Elizabeth (David) Bunetta. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Michelle and Laura Hawkins, Michael and Rachel Bunetta, Suzette Gonsalves and Michael LaCosta. There are also seven great-grandchildren – Christopher, Curtis, Sean Jr., Gracie, Sammy, Caleb and Isabella – and one great-great-grandchild, Allison.
In his younger days, Michael, who was known as “Big Mike” and sometimes “Curly,” enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering with anything he could take apart and put back together in his own way, traveling and socializing with his friends. He had a big personality and was well known and liked. He had a big heart and was generous to his friends. He was a member of the Veteran’s Club, the Elk’s Club and the Armistice Club.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m.; and rosary at 6:30 p.m., at the Brentwood Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Friday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m., with interment to immediately follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Antioch.